Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Mexico City, Mexico for the Merida U.S.-Mexico High Level Consultative Group meeting on March 23, 2010. The Secretary was joined by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates; Secretary of Homeland Security Janet A. Napolitano; Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair; Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John O. Brennan; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael G. Mullen; Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security John Morton; Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler; Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director Adam Szubin; Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Supply Reduction Patrick Ward; and Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.
This is the second formal meeting of the High Level Consultative Group and has been in preparation for several months; the first was held in Washington in December 2008. Secretary Clinton and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa chair an interagency discussion on the evolution of the Merida Initiative that focuses on enhanced engagement in support of our shared goals of breaking the power of drug trafficking organizations; strengthening the rule of law, democratic institutions and respect for human rights; creating a 21st century border; and building strong and resilient communities.
03/23/2010 Secretary Clinton's Remarks With Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa
03/23/2010 Background Briefing en Route to Mexico City, Mexico
03/19/2010 Briefing on Secretary Clinton's Trip to Mexico on March 23, 2010
03/23/2010 United States-Mexico Partnership: A New Border Vision
03/23/2010 United States-Mexico Partnership: Anti-Arms Trafficking and Anti-Money Laundering
03/23/2010 United States-Mexico Security Partnership: Progress and Impact